If Nintendo’s goal was for many of us to be transported to our childhood without having to invent a time machine or just go back and force our brain to remember those moments where we played with the Nintendo Entertainment System they knew how to do it!
Nintendo has given us a great gift: the NES Classic Mini where we can relive all those great moments of our childhood and be able to enjoy them with our children or relatives, giving us 30 of their best games in a version much smaller than the original console and with certain modern details in which we will be able to enjoy this masterpiece to it maximum.
I knew the NES Classic Mini was small, but I was still amazed when I was doing the unboxing. It’s so small it fits in the palm of your hand, so do not worry if you think you’re not going to have any room for your other consoles on the shelf.
The design is very simple and remains faithful to the original for the most part. You may not like to know that there is no cartridge slot for the games, and the lid where this slot was cannot be opened or lifted up.
In the front you will find two small buttons, one of power and the one of reset, plus two slots for the controls. The back of the console is a bit more modern than the original with its Micro-USB and HDMI ports.
Although the console is so small, it means that you can put it almost anywhere, it is very light, weighs only 173g. The controls are very faithful to the original design with its rectangular shape and array of buttons. But they have a big problem that however is the biggest flaw of this console.
The cable for the controller of the NES Classic Mini is only 75 cm in length so you will have to sit very close to the TV or place the console near you using a longer HDMI cable than the one the console brings.
Setting up the NES Classic Mini is very easy, this is a console that will never need to download updates before it can work. Just connect the HDMI cable to your TV and connect the power cable. As mentioned above, it is a Micro-USB port and while a cable is supplied in the box, it is not an adapter. However, most modern TVs will have a USB port that can power the console.
Once the console is connected, simply press the power button and select the language before your eyes start tearing together with a wave of nostalgia – even if you’ve never had a Nintendo Entertainment System – you’ll feel it.
The menu is designed in an easy-to-use way, although there are some complications when it comes to saving games. In the middle of the screen you have a horizontal list of all the games you can play in different ways – in alphabetical order, release date, etc -pressing the select button.
At the top is the menu so you can change things like the display format and it’s all very retro with attention to detail. Before you start playing, you can choose a display format of which there are three to choose from:
Pixel Perfect – Gives you square pixels so you can see the games as they are designed.
4: 3 – Original look of NES but with a horizontal stretch.
CRT – Add a filter that looks like an old TV, scanning lines and everything.
Starting a game is almost instantaneous and I’ve noticed zero lag while playing or using the console in general. The hardest part is choosing which game to play first, when you have 30 classic titles the deciding part turns out to be quite difficult.
For some, most or all titles will be familiar as there will be plenty that others will not have played or even heard of.
Obvious options are the Mario games, of which there are four, Balloon Fight, Pac Man, Excitebike, Donkey Kong, Kirby’s Adventure, The Legend of Zelda and other great games. There are not many two-player games which often require you to take turns instead of playing at the same time. That being said, it is worth the little cost of a second control so when you have a visit your friends can play together the available two-player games. There are already controls in the market even wireless for this console where you would be a more enjoyable game experience.
Here is the list of games that the console brings:
• Balloon Fight
• BUBBLE BOBBLE
• Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
• Donkey Kong
• Donkey Kong Jr.
• DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
• Dr. Mario
• FINAL FANTASY
• GHOSTS‘N GOBLINS
• Ice Climber
• Kid Icarus
• Kirby’s Adventure
• Mario Bros.
• MEGA MAN 2
• NINJA GAIDEN
• Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
• SUPER C
• Super Mario Bros.
• Super Mario Bros. 2
• Super Mario Bros. 3
• Tecmo Bowl
• The Legend of Zelda
• Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
As much of you already know the price of this console is US$ 60, the same price as a new AAA game. I understand that it is an affordable price for everything Nintendo is giving us, the bad thing about this is that to be able to get it is a real odyssey since it does not appear anywhere and when they advertise in any store they will be out of stock almost inmediately.
Here I leave our console unboxing in case you have not seen it:
In a few words. THANK YOU NINTENDO for giving us this great gift!
Translated by Angelica Lora.
Arturo Vásquez /GamersRD